If you were one of the lucky few who managed to snag an HP Touchpad for $99-$149 a week ago in hopes that someone would find a way to get the Android operating system on there, it seems your short wait may soon be over. This weekend brought a few big steps towards making this dream a possibility.
First, AndroidSpin is reporting that the HP Touchpad now has ClockworkMod Recovery, as well as ADB access. These are both essential tools for rooting your device and flashing custom ROMs such as CyanogenMod.
Speaking of CyanogenMod, the folks over at RootzWiki were tipped by a member of the CyanogenMod team that an early build of CyanogenMod 7, the most popular ROM based on the Gingerbread OS, has made it’s way to the Touchpad.
Since the port of Cyanogen Mod to to the Touchpad is in a very early alpha build, it may be some time (read: hopefully a few weeks/months) before they finally have CM7 working the way they want it to before they release it en masse. As a means of tying you over and demonstrating progress on the build, the CyanogenMod team has put out the following teaser video.
Whether or not the HP Touchpad can truly become the best $100 Android tablet still remains to be seen, but the powerful hardware coupled with the best alternative operating system out there will almost certainly be a force to be reckoned with.
Be sure to stay tuned to the CyanogenMod site for updates on their work on the Touchpad. If you absolutely cannot wait to get your hands on an Android-toting Touchpad, you can always pick up one of the Qualcomm units on eBay.
Were you one of those who managed to snag a Touchpad on the cheap? Did you buy it in hopes of someone figuring out a way to port Android to it? Sound off by leaving a comment below.